Alex de Minaur wins twice in one day for first career title

Alex de Minaur has captured his maiden ATP title in remarkable circumstances.

The Aussie 19-year-old was forced to play twice on Saturday to win the Sydney International, the first title of his budding career.

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De Minaur cleared Saturday’s first hurdle in Gilles Simon to set up a final with Andreas Seppi.

Forced to play his semi-final on the last day of the tournament after rain washed away his scheduled Friday night clash with Simon, de Minaur cruised past the veteran 6-3 6-2 in 94 minutes to qualify for his second-straight Sydney decider.

Alex de Minaur celebrates. (Photo by Jason McCawley/Getty Images)

He then backed it up about six hours later by downing Seppi 7-5, 7-6 (5).

The win is de Minaur’s first on the world tour, after he reached two senior finals last year and lost both, as well as the Next Gen decider in Italy.

It also made him the youngest winner of the tournament since Lleyton Hewitt also did it as a 19-year-old in 2001.

“You don’t know how much it means to win in front of all you guys, in front of my home,” de Minaur said in his victory speech.

Broken in the first game of the opening set, it proved to be one of the few blights on de Minaur’s game as he broke back five games and barely gave Seppi another look in.

It was also fitting he joined Hewitt as a 19-year-old winner, given there was so much about the Australian Davis Cup team captain – who again sat in his players’ box with son Cruz – in the victory.

Alex de Minaur poses with his trophy. (Photo by Brett Hemmings/Getty Images)

The world No.29’s court coverage was immense as always, regularly chasing down his Italian opponent’s forehands and wearing the veteran down over the 2hr 5min clash.

He also showed no sign of nerves, getting 73 per cent of his first serves in and bouncing back immediately after being broken midway through the second set, and then three times when the world No.37 had mini breaks in the tiebreaker.

It took his daily court time to more than three-and-a-half hours, two days out from his first-round Australian Open clash with Portugal’s Pedro Sousa.

with AAP